Pictures of Big Shots


“Homesickness is. . . absolutely nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time. You don’t really long for another country. You long for something in yourself that you don’t have, or haven’t been able to find”  This is some thought I can relate to seeing this Michelin Man Doll equipped Volvo with black painted sides that are distinctive to… Scania’s sleeper “window” that isn’t even a window – just a shape of it. It looks like someone immigrated from Eurozone to US and is missing something… No big deal – few more years and initial distraction will be gone, right?

Well… WRONG. It seems the original Volvo didn’t last long enough to kill the EU aftertaste. There is replacement – that is right – the Czech driver replaced the green one with newer, white one just to… make it look like the old one which is supposed to remind him Scania by having that fake-fake window again. Some people just can’t appreciate what they have… next time I’ll see him I will offer buying him ticket back to Europe. It breaks my heart seeing him suffer so bad here in Paccar Country


4 Responses

  1. Don Hastings

    Those guy’s have been around for a long time.
    Shaun at NWD put some on about 20 years ago. That was the first I saw the Michelin Man.They were the first eastern European drivers that I know of up here in MN.they probably even speak english by now.

    January 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

    • Polska Jazda

      I used to make fun of those dolls like everyone else till few weeks ago when I was told these are totally gone from Euro highways for a long while – and now get to be retro-cool reminder of some great era of EU trucking along with that “Globetrotter XL” sign along the sun visors that is specific to one of their greatest trucks: Volvo FH introduced in 1993.
      Glad to hear they speak english, emmigration to less populated states works wonders compared to Chicago or NY way

      January 21, 2012 at 10:13 am

  2. Allison Murphy

    At the other end of the village, there was a big barn, and on the door of this barn there was an advertisement with the Michelin Man.

    February 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    • Polska Jazda

      Either that or… when he was 7 there was that big, shinny Swedish-plated Scania parked by the church loaded with cheese from humanitarian help funded with Westerners donating it to abused by communism Easterners so he stared at those Michelin-Men so long… he almost forgot which way he was going

      February 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm

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